Software bugs don’t have to be scary

Software bugs aren't as scary as this one.
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It certainly can be scary looking at a long bug list with a short deadline, but identifying and fixing software bugs can be manageable with a few strategies.

A second set of eyes.

Sometimes a very simple software error can be staring at us, but we miss it because we have been staring back so long. An example I faced was a section of code appeared to be setting a value used elsewhere in the code, but that value was never changing. When I finally had someone look at that code for me, the first question was “Isn’t that a pointer?”

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Debugging: The Little Things

Not the offending USB drive
photo: Gary Honey

Recently I was working on some embedded software that someone else wrote. I needed to add some new functionality to the code, and I was working through how the existing code was working. In particular, the software was parsing a file, and the previous developer had done a good job of sending out diagnostic messages to the terminal, and the code was parsing a line of the file as a bad record.

Well as a good little developer, the first thing I did was

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See You In Austin: NI Week 2014

Get ready for NI Week 2014 in Austin Tx
Image: National Instruments

As a National Instruments Alliance Partner, every year we send a contingent from our Automation and Test team to Austin, TX for NI Week. NI week is an event that National Instruments holds every year to offer training and new product previews to its developers and partners. This year NI week begins August 4 at the Austin Convention Center and features over 200 interactive training sessions and an exhibit floor with over 130 vendors demonstrating their products and services.

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It’s April 1 and I’m still cold… So let’s destroy the North Pole!!! Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!

April 1, 2014. 22ºF (coldºC)

Happy April Fool's Day
Artwork by Brent Clough (Age 40)

Here in Iowa, we’re tired of waiting for spring. This winter was awful, setting records for snowfall and below-zero temperatures. Like Vanilla Ice said "too cold, too cold!" All caused by the Polar Vortex. That’s why at DISTek Integration we are pleased to announce that we are going to destroy the polar vortex by demagnetizing the north pole!

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CONEXPO/CONAGG 2014

What is it like to come to the CONEXPO show for the first time? Well, it would be easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of the show and the distractions of Las Vegas. It is manageable by taking some time to put together a plan and to build a set of priorities for what you want to see.

The Caterpillar Display at CONEXPO.  Photo: Gary Honey
The Caterpillar Display at CONEXPO. Photo: Gary Honey

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Love Letters To DISTek

Happy Valentine's Day - DISTek Experts love their jobs!

Garys Heart
Garys Heart

At DISTek, I am part of a variety of different projects, which keeps me constantly learning and applying different practices to new challenges. In addition, I am part of complete processes, from architecting a new test system to implementing it and training customers on their new interface - Ed

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